By Jane Haranin
Tokyo
Japan
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Tokyo, one of the world’s largest metropolises, began as a simple village named Edo in the Kamakura period, (1185-1333). Its name changed in 1867 to Tokyo- meaning eastern capital when the Meiji era began. Tokyo, Japan now consists of 23 city wards, 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages, with a population of a little more than 13 million people. It has withstood many natural disasters, but has continued to rebuild itself into the city that stands today. Tokyo seamlessly integrates the old with the new making it a fascinating city for visitors to enjoy.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next trip to Japan’s capital- Tokyo. The city’s primary international airport is Narita International Airport (NRT). However, Haneda International Airport (HND) also accommodates international flights. Japan has a terrific train and subway system, which allows access to almost anywhere you would like to visit. Buses and taxi’s are also available. Book your next flight today through EscapeWizard.com. Please follow this link to make your flight arrangements. (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Take a look at our top hotel selections for Tokyo, which are below, when choosing your accommodation. Our top selection for accommodations in Tokyo is the InterContinental Hotel called The Strings. It is a truly amazing hotel and will not disappoint. Book your hotel by following the link to the hotel portion of our website, (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Tokyo offers it all; whether you are looking to dive into the culture, enjoy some Japanese sushi, some fantastic shopping, or experience the nightlife. Escapewizard.com recommends a visit to Ueno Park as a great introduction to Japanese history and culture. This park contains the Tokyo National Museum, the National Science Museum and the National Museum of Western Art, three shrines, a zoo and a concert hall. There is something here for everyone.

Another cultural site worth visiting is the Meiji Shrine, built to commemorate Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken’s role in the Meiji Restoration. The original shrine’s construction was finished in 1921; however it was destroyed in the Tokyo air raids of World War II. It was rebuilt again in 1958. The Meiji Shrine is located in Shibuya and is situated in an evergreen forest of donated trees from people throughout Japan, on 175 acres. The Shrine has an inner precinct which contains the central buildings and a treasure museum housing some of the articles of the Emperor and his wife. The outer precinct houses pictures depicting their life, as well as a number of sport facilities, the National Stadium and the Meiji Memorial Hall; which is now used for Shinto weddings.

Tokyo is full of wonderful sites and the Kokyo Imperial Palace is yet another. Emperor Akihito now occupies the Palace which was the former Edo Castle. Walking around the grounds and gazing at the buildings, certainly takes people back to the Edo period.

Tokyo also offers shopping and entertainment of every kind, whether it’s traditional or modern day, there is a shop, play house, amusement park, restaurant or night club to suit everyone’s tastes. Shibuya and Shinjuku are well known for their shopping and Shibuya is considered the meeting place for Tokyo’s youth, and it’s a great place to people watch. If you feel like exploring the night life, Roppongi is one of the main areas for nightclubs and is very popular with foreigners and expatriates.

There are so many great places to visit in Tokyo only a few have been mentioned but EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit as many as you can to really enjoy the Japanese experience. All of the sites are easily accessible by rail, subway, bus or taxi, so get ready to enjoy a fascinating vacation experience. Just click the link above to start your adventure in Tokyo with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Tokyo
By Sandy O'Neal
Hilton Tokyo Bay
1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Japan
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Just 20 minutes from central Tokyo nestled on the eastern shore of Tokyo Bay; Hilton Tokyo Bay awaits your arrival.  Whether your stay in Tokyo is for business or pleasure, you will find that the Hilton Tokyo Bay will be an ideal choice.  The hotel is less than 40 miles from the Narita International Airport and 20 miles from Haneda International Airport.   Drive time from either airport is about an hour. From Narita International Airport you can take a limousine bus or train to get to the hotel.   

With 809 rooms, there are a wide variety of choices in guest room accommodations and if you want to indulge yourself with some additional space, suites are available. All rooms include high speed internet access. Typical room amenities include TV, pay per view, video games, DVD/CD player, in-bath telephone and bathrobe.

Hilton Tokyo Bay is well equipped to meet your business needs.  The hotel offers more than 13,000 sq. ft of exhibit space and 14 meeting rooms which can be transformed to accommodate your board meeting, conference or banquet. And if wedding bells are ringing, look no further than the Tokyo Bay Hilton for this blissful event. Their planner stands ready to assist in every way to make sure this special day is perfect in every way. Other amenities offered include a fitness center and pool and if you are traveling with pets, small pets are welcome.

The hotel is within walking distance of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea and just 30 minutes from central Tokyo.  Tokyo International Hotels boast of some of the best places to eat and drink and the Hilton Tokyo Bay is no exception.  Onsite dining includes the Dynasty restaurant, Accenado and Forest Garden. If you are interested in cocktail, beer, or freshly brewed coffee, a visit to the stylish Silva bar is in order. And if you are on the go and just want to grab a fresh baked cookie, cake, bread, or salad, you will want to stop by the Patisserie. The naturally lit Bay Lounge located in the lobby is open for a light lunch. There's even a Starbucks in the lobby if you care to indulge.

When your travels take you to Tokyo, EscapeWizard.com recommends the Hilton Tokyo Bay. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out is noon. To book your next stay, just click on this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Tokyo
By Sandy O'Neal
The Strings Tokyo
26-32/F Shinagawa East One Tower, 2-16-1 Konan, Tokyo, Japan
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Located in the fast-paced business district of Shinagawa, The Strings Hotel offers a well deserved respite from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.  The hotel is just 7 miles from Haneda International Airport and less than 50 miles from Narita International airport.  From either airport, you can reach the hotel by shuttle, taxi or train. 

The hotel offers 205 guest rooms and 6 suites sprawling 6-floors.  From all rooms there is a high-rise view of the city and Tokyo Bay.  Amenities in every room include:  High speed internet access, work desk with lamp, Color TV, mini bar, mini refrigerator and tea maker.  The bathrooms are modern, sleek and luxurious and each have a separate shower and tub.  A therapist is available to provide you with aromatherapy or reflexology treatment right in the comfort of your room.

You will appreciate the “one-on-one” service offered by the hotel, which means one staff member will handle all your needs during your stay.  You may also enjoy the 24 hour fitness center which also includes a view of the Tokyo skyline.  And adjacent to the fitness center is a steam-room available to in-house guests.

For your dining pleasure, there are two restaurants onsite.  China Shadow is located in the hotel lobby and is open for lunch and dinner.  Here you will enjoy contemporary Cantonese cuisine.  Four private dining rooms are available for you to enjoy family gatherings, or entertaining clients. 

The Dining is open for Breakfast, lunch and Dinner and offers a fare based in France with the inclusion of flavors from Italy and Asia.  Here you enjoy a sumptuous buffet at breakfast and menu based meals for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.  The atmosphere is immersed in sunlight during the day and shimmering in candlelight at night. 

A fully equipped meeting room is available to meet the needs of the business traveler, and just 2 minutes walk under cover from the hotel is a FedEx/Kinkos Professional Office Center. 

Whether your travel to Tokyo is for business or pleasure, EscapeWizard.com is sure that you will find The Strings Hotel exceeds your expectations.  To book your next stay at The Strings Hotel, just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Tokyo
By Adam J. Mohney
Westin Tokyo
1-4-1 Mita Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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EscapeWizard.com invites you enjoy Tokyo without leaving all the comforts of home by booking the Westin Tokyo. Located in downtown Tokyo and featuring mesmerizing views of the city,  the Westin Tokyo features European style rooms with all the comforts of home as you venture through the mix-matched Eastern and Western culture in the Tokyo streets.

The Westin Tokyo is conveniently located near Tokyo's shopping districts. For those looking to enlighten themselves in Tokyo's rich history, several museums, such as the Kite Museum and the Tokyo National Museum, are easily accessible from the Westin Tokyo

After booking your room or suite at the Westin Tokyo on EscapeWizard.com, the multilingual staff will greet you in your preferred language. The rooms feature 26-inch LCD televisions, a telephone with voicemail capabilities, and high-speed wireless internet can be purchased for a per diem fee. Electrical outlet adapters are available upon requests to ensure all of your devices can function throughout your stay. The European style rooms also feature the famous Westin Heavenly Bed and Bath, a hair dryer and a newspaper delivered to your room each morning.

The Westin Tokyo features a unique cigar club with delightful Cuban Cigars. This is a perfect way to unwind after a long day on the crowded streets of Tokyo. In addition, the Westin Tokyo offers the Le Spa Parisien, a French style spa, and the WestinWORKOUT fitness center. For travelers needing to convert their dollars into yen, the Westin Tokyo offers a currency exchange desk, as well.

Whether or not you want to indulge in the delicious Japanese cuisine or eat like you are in the Western World during your stay at the Westin Tokyo is entirely up to you. With five restaurants and three bars on the premises, Westin Tokyo offers something for everyone. The Compass Rose Lounge is a perfect formal lounge setting to unwind in, with a 22nd floor view of downtown Tokyo. The Mai offers Japanese cuisine and a sushi bar in a casual setting. Other restaurants and bars at the Westin Tokyo include French, Chinese and international cuisines, as well as a coffee bar for a morning pick-me-up. For those looking to deviate from the restaurant scene, Westin Tokyo also offers 24-hour room service to all guests.

Japan is a dream destination for many travelers, and you are no different. Enjoy a classy stay in the heart of Tokyo without sacrificing too much of your daily lifestyle by booking the Westin Tokyo on EscapeWizard.com today. Click now and let the sun rise on your Japanese adventure (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Tokyo
By Sarah Hay
Sheraton Miyako, Tokyo
1-1-50 Shirokanedai Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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Indulge your senses and renew your spirit when you stay at the Sheraton Miyako, Tokyo, located in the exceptionally green area of Shirokanedai. An easy four-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station, the hotel is also within a five minute drive from the JR Shinagawa Station, as well as a five minute complimentary shuttle bus ride from the JR Meguro Station, so getting around the area is never a problem. Many local attractions are an easy walk from the hotel as well, including the Institute for Nature Study, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and Yebisu Garden Palace shopping area. The Imperial Palace is also less than three miles away.

There are 495 rooms at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel, and those on the seventh floor and premium floor come with BOSE Wave radio/cd players. Other standard amenities include flat screen televisions, free high speed Internet access, coffeemakers, refrigerators, complimentary daily newspapers, international direct dialing, slippers and bathrobes, bathroom bidets and telephones, and irons and ironing boards. Trouser press services are available, and room service is available 24 hours a day. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and check-out is 12 p.m.

The Sheraton Miyako hotel also offers a wide variety of services and amenities to help guests relax, including a free local shuttle service, a florist on site, a shopping arcade within the hotel complex, a hair salon and barber shop, a photo studio, valet and laundry services, a dental clinic, and a gift shop. There is a fitness center at the hotel, and, for a fee, guests can take advantage of their indoor pool, sauna and gym.

If you're in the area on business, the hotel has a business center, with computer rentals and printing and copying services. For hosting events, there are twelve meeting spaces and nine banquet halls at the Sheraton, the largest of which covers more than 8,000 square feet of event space. When staying in Tokyo, book your next stay at the Sheraton Miyako hotel, and turn to EscapeWizard.com to secure the best price for your room, by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).